Can a credit card raise your credit score?

Having a credit card is a great step to starting your credit score. However, just having the card and not doing anything with it have very little impact. The best way to take advantage of it is to periodically use and payoff the card to establish yourself in the world of credit. Your credit score is based on your credit to debt ratio. Get a couple of cards open and keep balances low or zero (but use them from time to time) and you will find yourself enroute to a great credit outlook!